Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Salman to reward Rs. 1.01 lakh to each Indian athlete from 2016 Rio Olympics

Shifali Singh | August 18, 2016 11:08 am Print
As India's goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016, Salman Khan is going to reward each athlete for their performance.

As the goodwill ambassador for the Indian Olympic’s team which is competing in Rio, Bollywood actor Salman Khan has announced on Twitter that he will be presenting each athlete with Rs. 1.01 lakh. In his tweet, he announced: “As a gesture of appreciation for our Olympic athletes, I will present each one with a cheque of Rs 101,000,”.

 

There are a total of 121 athletes that have represented India in the international sports and athletics competition, which is taking place in a beautiful city of Brazil. Only today, Sakshi Malik has grabbed a Bronze in women’s wrestling under the 85kg category. This is India’s first medal at 2016 Rio Olympics.

In early August, Indian entertainment company Yash Raj Films had announced that they were going to reward any Indian athlete who bags a gold medal, with a lump sum amount of Rs. 1 million. Unfortunately, none of the Indian athletes have managed to achieve that milestone, this year, yet.

Although, the 50-year-old goodwill ambassador, Salman Khan, has pointed towards the fact that the Indian government is in complete support of sports and Indian sports players. He also said that he appreciated the hard work being put into by Olympic Gold Quest to”shape tomorrow’s champions”. Along with the aforementioned, Salman also expressed his gratitude towards companies such as Edelweiss and Jio for their support for the Olympics’ teams.

 

However, athlete Abhinav Bindra believes that mere support is not enough. The sports facilities and infrastructure needs drastic improvement, in India.

In a recent interview with Salman to discuss Olympics, he had said: “For me, each and every sportsperson in the Indian Olympic contingent is a superstar. They prepare for four years and have a few minutes, sometimes a few seconds to perform on the world’s biggest stage.”

IANS

 

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